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Education Alternatives Inc. has failed to sell the Hartford, Conn., school board on many of its plans for the coming year.

The board voted last week to adopt a fiscal 1996 budget that contained few of the changes proposed by the private management company hired to help run its schools. (See Education Week, 5/24/95.)

Minneapolis-based E.A.I. initially proposed a budget plan that could have cut more than 300 jobs from the district's workforce. The revised budget, developed jointly by company officials and the district's superintendent, called for the net elimination of only 18 jobs.

The revised budget allocates $1.8 million for computer and software purchases--a substantial investment, but more than $5 million less than what E.A.I. had proposed.

In a letter to the board, John T. Golle, the company's chief executive officer, suggested renegotiating the company's contract in light of the budget changes.

Relief for Refugees: Most of the roughly 200 Haitian refugee children still housed at the U.S. Naval Base at Guant namo Bay, Cuba, will be allowed into the United States by June 30, Clinton Administration officials said last week.

The Administration has been under pressure to admit the Haitian children, particularly in light of its recent policy change that will allow most of the camp's remaining Cuban refugees to come to America. Most of the refugees are expected to wind up in the Dade County public schools in Florida. (See Education Week, 3/15/95.)

Desegregation Rules Eased: In an effort to reduce mandatory busing, the parties in the Cleveland school-desegregation case have agreed to loosen racial-balance guidelines for schools.

U.S. District Judge Robert B. Krupansky this month accepted the agreement between the district, the state, and the black students and parents named as plaintiffs in the case. The modifications in the plan call for the district, whose enrollment is 70 percent black, to insure that the racial composition of every school is at least one-third black in the coming school year. This year, Cleveland's schools were required to maintain black enrollments of 55 percent to 85 percent.

The various sides had laid the groundwork for the most recent accord in a broad agreement reached last year.(See Education Week, 3/16/94.)

New Nominee: After he was criticized for failing to nominate more members of minority groups to Connecticut's board of education, Gov. John G. Rowland has tapped a retired black educator for one of the posts. The Governor earlier this month nominated Edythe Gaines, a former superintendent of the Hartford schools.

Ms. Gaines is replacing Kay Wall, a parent and activist who withdrew from consideration after legislators and education groups criticized her positions on school reform. (See Education Week, 5/24/95.)

Governor Rowland's five nominees to the nine-member board must be approved by both houses of the legislature.

Vol. 14, Issue 36

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